Knight Errant Press presents Andrion and The Child of Hamelin two live events in Scotland one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh this month to celebrate the launch of two books from two great authors. Check out the full details below
Date and time
Thursday, January 18 · 5:30 – 6:45pm GMT
Glasgow Women’s Library23 Landressy Street Bridgeton G40 1BP
About this event
- 1 hour 15 minutes
This event, held at Glasgow Women’s Library, will feature a lively conversation between Alex Penland (author) and Suki Hollywood (chair) on the themes and setting of Andrion, Alex’s creative process and historic research, as well as readings from the novella. There will be room for questions from audience members, as well as an opportunity to purchase a copy of the novella and get your book signed by the author.
Andrion by Alex Penland
A tale of steampunk antiquity on the brink of a feminist revolution – Andrion will delight fans of Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles and Pullman’s Dark Materials, with all the focus on family dysfunction of Hades from Supergiant Games and just as much queer content. A coming-of-age, cross-over YA novel that offers a rare space for asexuality and polyamory.
When 16-year-old Kallis goes to see Aristophanes’ latest play, she’s inspired to sneak into the Assembly and try to make her name as an orator. It’s not legal, of course.
Even if she had been born a man, she is too young.
After overthrowing Athens and changing the course of the city’s future, her father raised her at his side. Even though the men around him treat her like a wild animal, Niko’s always been proud of her outspoken intelligence. Kallis has no reason to suspect he’ll be anything but supportive. She’s spent her whole life immersed in politics. Is it so unthinkable that she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps?
Andrion is a feminist and queer novella, centred upon the relationship between father and daughter: he who risked everything to give her a better life, and she who’s willing to risk it all again for the sake of a more equitable future.
About the writer and chair
Alex Penland is a former museum kid. They spent their childhood running rampant through the Smithsonian museums, which kicked off an early career as a child adventurer. Alex has worked in the field with NASA scientists, linguists, and acclaimed photographers.
Now a Pushcart-nominated author, Alex currently lives in Scotland while studying for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. Prior adventures include founding a writing organization in Iowa, volunteering at the National Zoo in DC, and various enterprises in the field of education. Their work has been internationally published in The Midwest Review and Orion’s Belt; it is forthcoming in Interzone and Metaphorosis.
They hold memberships at SFWA (associate), HNS, SOA, and BSFA. More on their website.
Suki Hollywood was born in Belfast on Valentine’s Day, her debut novel Jesus Freaks was published in 2023. Her work has been featured in Gutter, Deleuzine, SPAM and more. Her poetry pamphlets Heart Eyes and This Suit are available now, along with This Suit’s companion film (included in the SQIFF 2021 selection). See www.sukihollywood.com for more.
THE CHILD OF HAMELN: A SUPERNATURAL MYSTERY NIGHT WITH MAX TURNER
Date and Time
Wednesday 17th Jan: 19:00 – 20:00
Lighthouse Bookshop, 43 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh EH8 9DB
About this event
As the first snow of winter settles over Elk Pass, a long buried evil comes to the fore…
Join Max Turner in the gritty and bitter cold world of The Child of Hameln and Elk Pass, an isolated town haunted by its past and its supernatural residents.
This novella is a dark reimagining of a classic fairytale, infused with the horrors of modern day life.
The event will feature a few short readings by the author, and a high-spirited conversation about the themes in the novella: dark fairytales, retellings, the influence of queerness, and much more, including Max’s inspirations. Towards the end of the event, there will be room for a Q&A session from the audience.
Fan of Stranger Things? Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries? Love your mysteries dark and queer? This is the book, and this is the night for you!
The Child of Hameln by Max Turner
Elk Pass is a town cloaked in darkness and plagued by an unknown evil, where twenty years earlier all but one of the town’s children were stolen. That remaining child, now the deputy sheriff, is left to unravel corruption and cover up when his mentor, the town sheriff, dies unexpectedly…
The mystery unfolds as a snow storm blows in, threatening to isolate the town, leaving Deputy Bobby Taylor to deal with a plague of rats and the monsters, both human and fae, that follow.
This supernatural mystery and light horror is a dark fable set in 1980’s small town USA, and is a retelling of the German folktale The Pied Piper of Hameln.
About the writer and chair
Max Turner writes SFF, speculative fiction, furry fiction, many sub-genres of horror, and LGBTQ+ romance and erotica. More often than not, he writes combinations thereof. Max has written several queer novellas and his short stories have been published both online and in print. He is also the publisher of A Coup of Owls quarterly online and print anthologies.
Heather Valentine is a queer Scottish writer. Her fantasy and horror short fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines including We Were Always Here, Unspeakable: A Queer Gothic Anthology and Shoreline of Infinity. She is currently publishing No Major Glitches, an ongoing queer romance webnovel about rival speedrunners.